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The Best Easter Eggs And Cartoon References In Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers

Being a Walt Disney Studios production released on Disney+ starring characters from the Disney Afternoon block of programming and inspired by one of the greatest Disney movies (and movies in general) of all time, it’s pretty obvious that there would be a ton of Disney references throughout “Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers.” In fact, the film opens with one. Thanks to Sweet Pete’s laser, the classic logo for the company featuring Cinderella’s castle is altered to include pieces of other iconic castles from the Disney catalogue. I spy the Sultan’s palace from “Aladdin,” Elsa’s ice castle from “Frozen,” King Triton’s palace in “The Little Mermaid,” and possibly Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella’s castles are staples of the Disney theme parks. Fans can visit them in real life at Disneyland and Disney World respectively. But another thing that is ever present at a Disney facility is the ever-elusive Hidden Mickey. The company hides them everywhere from the parks to the hotels to the offices and beyond. In this scene, the rocket that was used to destroy Sweet Pete’s toon-altering machine shoots up into the sky and creates a Hidden Mickey with fireworks.  

Poor Flounder. He got in deep with the Valley Gang and ended up getting bootlegged. Here he is trying to get the debt collectors off his back with a “genuine dinglehopper” that is “worth a lot.” Fun fact: In “Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers,” Flounder is voiced by Rachel Bloom. She’s probably best known for creating and starring in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on The CW, but she’s also the spouse of Dan Gregor, one of the writers on this film. She also voices Insurance Sheep, Flower Girl, Black & White Reporter, Lost Boy, Stinsons Boy, Chip’s Mom, and Cannon Ball.

Officers Wynnchel and Duncan are certainly a long way from the “Sugar Rush” machine at Litwak’s Arcade. A reference to donut chains Winchell’s and Dunkin Donuts, these two donut cops were first seen in “Wreck-It Ralph” and returned for the sequel “Ralph Breaks The Internet.” But in this movie where toons and humans live and work side by side, they work with J.K. Simmons’ Captain Putty and Kiki Layne’s Officer Ellie Whitfield at the Los Angeles Police Department. 

Earlier when I mentioned one of the greatest Disney movies (and movies in general) of all time, I was talking about Robert Zemeckis’ “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” The team behind “Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers” took a great deal of inspiration from that seminal film and they managed to get the titular star a cameo at the beginning of the movie doing the popular dance move named after him. However, there’s also a reference to Roger’s nemesis, the maniacal Judge Doom. Later on when Sweet Pete pulls out his torture kit, it contains a vial of Dip. Known to have the power to completely wipe a toon off the face of the Earth with a barrel, that stuff is extremely dangerous to any and all toons, which is something the terrifying judge played by Christopher Lloyd learned for himself by the end of that movie.  

Thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many of us have been conditioned to wait for a post-credits scene. Luckily, that conditioning paid off while watching “Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers” because another fellow Disney Afternoon star made an appearance in the movie. As the Rescue Rangers reveled in their renewed popularity, Darkwing Duck lamented the fact that he’s not enjoying the same sort of resurgence. However, thanks to the recent “Ducktales” reboot, the Masked Mallard may see his day in the sun yet thanks to a spinoff in the works. Or night in the sun? You know what I mean.

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